Every year I try to remember to write down some of the things I’m grateful for in my life. Often times I repeat myself but each year there’s usually a few new things that make me grateful beyond all reason.
I had plenty of time to think about things while driving. So in no particular order…
* I am thankful for good health. This seems like a given but my body has taken me thousands of miles on bike and foot this year and I’ve escaped my adventures with no major injury. Illness, yes. But in the end, it kicked pneuomonia’s butt.
* I am thankful for chiropractors and the almost instant relief from neck, shoulder, and back pain mine provided
* I am thankful for a freezer full of deer meat. My .270. Slaughter Hill. Ansel Watrous. Fuzzy rock. Breakfast burritos and homemade cinnamon rolls.
* I am thankful for a sheriff named Longmire. Longmire has provided me almost endless entertainment this year. I’ve read 10+ books and watched 3 seasons of the television featuring the man from Absaroka County. It takes a lot to keep by attention so to take that much of it for such a long period of time speaks to the talent of Craig Johnson.
* I’m thankful for friendly neighbors who helped keep my sidewalk shoveled last winter.
* I’m thankful for that very random moment when Trace Adkins stepped out of a small car in the dark and gave my mom and I hugs.
* I’m thankful for our fireplace. The warmth and the glow. And the dog that sleeps at its hearth.
* I’m thankful for all of the guinnea pigs who allowed me to take photographs of them. It was nice to spend time with friends and family and help them celebrate special moments in their life.
* I’m thankful for safe travels via planes, trains, buses, taxis, bike, subway, and boat. I spent much of this year in motion and I’m grateful for having done it safely.
* I’m thankful for a birthday I will not soon forget. I peddled from New Jersey to Philadelphia; ate lunch where Washington crossed the Delaware and dinner at two of Philly’s most well known cheese steak sandwich shops. I ran up the Rocky steps and was treated to an after hours tour of Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall.
* I’m thankful for that random week or so in the fall that my nephew came to live with us. It was nice to see him every day!
* I’m thankful for those quiet morning hours before work where I can drink coffee and wake up at my own pace.
* I’m thankful for my sweet dog Brinkley Miles. I can’t even imagine a life without him. He’s always happy to see me, keeps me company in almost everything I do, and never judges me. He is the epitome of what a dog should be.
* I’m thankful for coffee. Sweet, sweet coffee. It’s warming, it’s comforting, and some days it feels like I really could take on the world thanks to coffee.
* I’m thankful for my mom and dad. I love that they are just as much friends as they are parents. I’m thankful for their comfy couches, puffy blankets, and constant stream of delicious food.
* I’m thankful for my brothers and their families. Candyland time, puzzles, homework time, nerf wars, movie dates.
* I’m thankful for the opportunity to ride in the Police Unity Tour. It was a honor to participate and really was a life changing experience.
* I’m thankful for my job and for my coworkers. They are good people who are dedicated to what they do. It’s easy to want to do good each day when you’re surrounded by such awesome people.
* I’m thankful for Ikea and it’s awesome furniture. I furnished my entire office at an affordable price and I love it. Every time I walk into my office it’s like getting a big warm inspirational hug.
* I’m thankful for the internet, especially Pinterest. My introverted personality means I don’t always like to socialize. Pinterest is this introvert’s saving grace. I have projects and To Dos to last a lifetime thanks to Pinterest.
* I’m thankful for my husband. He takes good care of me. And he tries hard to do good in this world. His heart is always in the right place and I know I couldn’t live without him.
* I’m thankful for good friends who I don’t see nearly as often as I’d like. Its great to have friends of such awesome quality that time can go by but when we get together it’s like not a minute has passed since seeing each other.
* I’m thankful for my spoiled rotten little cat. He’s reached his grumpy old man phase and is more vocal than ever and I love him for it. He’s one of a kind.